Couturesque Looks Back on the Women's March

Our staff took part from 3 different counties.

On January 20th 2017, we had the displeasure of seeing the Trump government sworn in for the next four years. The White House had to say goodbye to the Obamas and all of the hope and positivity they have stood for. We saw them replaced by a group of predominately privileged straight white males who believe in policies that eschew equality, the belief that women, racial and religious minorities, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and immigrants are lesser beings and don’t warrant dignified treatment. It was hard to watch. It is still hard to comprehend and impossible to accept.  And so, whether in person or in our hearts, we marched.

On January 21st 2017, over 3 million individuals around the world, from all walks of life, took to the streets and spoke out against such twisted leaders ascending to office. I’m not a U.S. citizen and I live in the U.K., but I feel the overwhelming need to stand with my brothers and sisters who, despite living in a democracy, have been left with a government that doesn't represent them. After significantly losing the popular vote, Trump will still take office; I struggle to see the point in giving the people a vote when the majority does not rule.

The Trump government represents the lesser voice in his own country, yet he is now the President. His presidency sends a message to the rest of the world, a message that in 2016/17, hate can come out on top.  This summer in the U.K., we witnessed the triumph of hate vis-a-vis Brexit; as such, Trump's win was yet another kick in the gut.

But January 21st sent a different message to the world. It sent a message of love, unity, and human decency. I marched in London and it was one of the most overwhelming experiences of my life. It makes me so proud to have been part of the 100,000 people who brought the capital city to a complete gridlock because of how much we care. And to then realize that I was part of the 3 million participants from around the world honestly brings me to tears.

I’ve always been cautious about sharing my political opinions because, as a 21 year old young woman, I worry that they’ll just be cast aside and dismissed. How can someone like me be truly informed and care? Well, I am informed and I do care. I care so much. I often feel as though I don’t do enough to stand up, and this march opened my eyes. I want to do more.

One day my children and grandchildren will learn about this weekend in history class and I will be so proud to be able to say, “I was there. I marched.” We managed to turn Trump’s inauguration weekend into an expression of unity and love when it could have been something far darker and far more hateful. We made history and together sent the message that we are stronger together in love.


Main Image via @xeniatheklein

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~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
Couturesque's Fashion Features Editor Xenia Klein is a blogger, writer, and fashion student from London.  You can follow her day-to-day adventures and OOTDs on Instagram and read all of her work over here.
 

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